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How to be more confident at job interviews

Wed 29 August 2018

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Many people suffer anxiety leading up to a job interview and throughout the interview itself. This isn’t unusual; some level of nervousness is expected. If you are looking for a new role, here are a few tips on how to be more confident at job interviews. 

Research the role

Feeling prepared can go a long way towards easing anxiety. If you research the company you are applying for, then you will feel more confident answering questions. Visit the company website and read through the job description a couple of times to make sure you completely understand it.

List your skills

Spend thirty minutes jotting down all your skills, no matter how basic you think they might be. Are you part of a sports team? You probably have good teamwork and planning skills. Do you have kids? You probably have good organisational and time management skills. When you think about all the things you do in a week, you’ll be surprised how many skills you have developed. Now think about how you could apply these skills to a job.

Believe in your abilities

Once you’ve listed your skills, list your achievements too, no matter how small. When you take time to look at all the things you have accomplished, you’ll feel more confident in your abilities. Believe in yourself, believe that you can do the role. You wouldn’t have secured an interview if the recruiter didn’t think you were capable.

Do some role-play

It can be hard to think up an answer when you are put on the spot. Get a friend or family member to conduct a mock interview before the real thing. This helps you feel more at ease answering interview questions, but it also gives you a chance to practice your answers.

Dress to impress

If you look good, you feel good. Prepare an outfit that you feel confident in. Plan what you are going to wear in advance so that you can ensure your outfit is washed, ironed and ready to put on. Clean your shoes if you need to. Not every company expects you to wear a full suit for an interview, but you should wear something smart. Avoid any clothing with offensive slogans on and don’t wear anything dirty, ripped or tatty. You want the interviewer to feel like you have made an effort, otherwise, they might get the impression that you don’t care about the job.

Arrive early

Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the interview. If you are running late, you’ll feel more stressed and being late doesn’t make a good impression. If you are very early, find a nearby coffee shop or park and read through any notes you’ve made to refresh yourself before you go in.

Don’t focus on the outcome

Often, people get nervous about interviews because they are worried about failing. Don’t focus on getting the job; just take the interview one step at a time. Answer each question honestly and focus on making the right impression. You’ll feel more relaxed if you aren’t obsessing about the outcome.

Remember, the interviewer is just a person. They aren’t there to catch you out, they simply want to find the best person for the job. Show them why they should choose you.

Making money, budgeting effectively and setting part of your income aside for emergencies is the ideal scenario. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to prepare for every situation and life can be full of surprises. 

Morses Club provide cash loans to help cover those unexpected costs when they arise. This course of action isn’t right for everyone, so we recommend that you read our information on cash loans before deciding whether to apply.

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